Image of the Interlaken Mill located in Coventry, Rhode Island.
The Arkwright Company of Coventry, R.I. began in 1810 as a textile mill owned by James DeWolf. Two mill buildings were constructed, one of which burned down in 1851. With the construction of a new building in 1883, the company became Interlaken Inc., and was engaged primarily in the manufacture of cloth for book binding. It was purchased by an English firm, Winterbottom Mills, in 1892, but continued operating under the Interlaken name. Interlaken absorbed the nearby Harris Manufacturing Company in 1900. A new plant was built in 1922 to manufacture tracing cloth for architects and draftsmen; it was called Arkwright Finishing Company, and was nominally a separate business until a formal merger in 1959 as Arkwright-Interlaken, Inc. The name was changed to Arkwright Inc. in 1973. It gradually phased out its textile operations and moved to the coating of film. The last cloth was produced in 1983.
Winterbottom, the parent firm, was bought out by Venesta International in 1961. Venesta was bought out by Ozalid Group Holdings in 1972, who were in turn bought out by Oce Van Der Grinten (a Dutch firm) in 1977.Source: Rhode Island Historical Society- Arkwright Company Records finding aidSee also:
Rhode Island Historical Society- Arkwright Company RecordsRhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission Interlaken Mill Bridge National Register
Rupp, Richard A.; and Peter R. Townsend. The Mill at Remington's Run: A Chronological History of the Arkwright Manufacturing Company, 1809-1999
. East Greenwich, R.I.: Meridian Printing, 1999.